The first table below looks at the demand for Security Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Security Testing over the 3 months to 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Testing
Rank 116 116 141
Rank change year-on-year
0 +25
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 16 14 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.53% 0.52% 0.031%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.75% 0.73% 0.048%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 2 0
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£323 £405 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.37% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £350 £400
% change year-on-year
-3.57% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £55.00 £32.50 -
% change year-on-year
+69.23% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2125 1913 2089
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 70.27% 70.62% 64.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1138 955 1107
Average daily rate £375 £338 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £463 £462
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 92 109
Average hourly rate £27.50 £20.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.14% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £45.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.12% -
Security Testing
England

Security Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Security Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Security Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Security Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Security Testing across the North West region.

Security Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Security Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Security Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 31 July 2014.

Security Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Security Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Security Testing across the North West region.

Security Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Security Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 31 July 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -9 11 £323 +4.03% 1
Merseyside - 3 £355 -
Cheshire - 2 £340 -
Security Testing
England

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Security Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Security Testing.

1 16 (53.33%) ISEB
2 12 (40.00%) Oracle
2 12 (40.00%) ISTQB
2 12 (40.00%) Oracle Database
3 11 (36.67%) Performance Testing
3 11 (36.67%) Windows
4 10 (33.33%) Linux
5 9 (30.00%) Information Security
5 9 (30.00%) Penetration Testing
5 9 (30.00%) HP Quality Center
6 8 (26.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 8 (26.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 8 (26.67%) ISEB Practitioner
6 8 (26.67%) Release Management
6 8 (26.67%) Test Scripting
6 8 (26.67%) Statistical Analysis
6 8 (26.67%) QA
6 8 (26.67%) Selenium
6 8 (26.67%) SUSE
6 8 (26.67%) HPUX
6 8 (26.67%) Apache
6 8 (26.67%) Tomcat
6 8 (26.67%) MS Access
6 8 (26.67%) SQL Server
6 8 (26.67%) WebLogic
6 8 (26.67%) VB
6 8 (26.67%) CISSP
6 8 (26.67%) HP
6 8 (26.67%) WebLogic Integration
6 8 (26.67%) TIBCO

Security Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Security Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Security Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (26.67%) WebLogic
1 8 (26.67%) Apache
1 8 (26.67%) Tomcat
1 8 (26.67%) WebLogic Integration
Business Applications
1 4 (13.33%) SAP PM
2 2 (6.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (6.67%) SAP CRM
Communications & Networking
1 8 (26.67%) FTP
2 3 (10.00%) Firewall
3 2 (6.67%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (40.00%) Oracle Database
2 8 (26.67%) SQL Server
2 8 (26.67%) MS Access
3 4 (13.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (26.67%) Selenium
2 5 (16.67%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (13.33%) Eclipse
3 4 (13.33%) TestComplete
4 3 (10.00%) Metasploit
4 3 (10.00%) WebDriver
5 1 (3.33%) TestDirector
General
1 7 (23.33%) Finance
2 2 (6.67%) Banking
3 1 (3.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (30.00%) Tester
2 7 (23.33%) Consultant
3 6 (20.00%) Security Consultant
3 6 (20.00%) Analyst
3 6 (20.00%) Test Analyst
4 5 (16.67%) Non-Functional Tester
5 4 (13.33%) QA Analyst
5 4 (13.33%) Software Test Analyst
5 4 (13.33%) QA Tester
5 4 (13.33%) QA Test Analyst
6 3 (10.00%) Security Specialist
6 3 (10.00%) Developer
6 3 (10.00%) Information Security Consultant
6 3 (10.00%) Test Leader
7 2 (6.67%) Security Architect
7 2 (6.67%) IT Security Specialist
7 2 (6.67%) Java Developer
7 2 (6.67%) Technical Specialist
7 2 (6.67%) Architect
7 2 (6.67%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (26.67%) N-Tier
2 5 (16.67%) Open Source
3 4 (13.33%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (6.67%) PKI
5 1 (3.33%) Mathematics
5 1 (3.33%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 11 (36.67%) Windows
2 10 (33.33%) Linux
3 8 (26.67%) HPUX
3 8 (26.67%) SUSE
4 6 (20.00%) UNIX
5 1 (3.33%) Windows Vista
5 1 (3.33%) Windows 7
5 1 (3.33%) Windows 2000
5 1 (3.33%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (36.67%) Performance Testing
2 9 (30.00%) Information Security
2 9 (30.00%) Penetration Testing
3 8 (26.67%) SOA
3 8 (26.67%) Test Scripting
3 8 (26.67%) Statistical Analysis
3 8 (26.67%) Release Management
4 6 (20.00%) Integration Testing
4 6 (20.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 6 (20.00%) Software Testing
5 5 (16.67%) Scrum
5 5 (16.67%) Incident Management
6 4 (13.33%) Enterprise Architecture
6 4 (13.33%) Load Testing
6 4 (13.33%) Automation Testing
6 4 (13.33%) Test Automation
6 4 (13.33%) Risk Assessment
6 4 (13.33%) TDD
6 4 (13.33%) Network Design
6 4 (13.33%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (26.67%) VB
1 8 (26.67%) FoxPro (VFP)
2 7 (23.33%) SQL
3 4 (13.33%) Java
3 4 (13.33%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 16 (53.33%) ISEB
2 12 (40.00%) ISTQB
3 8 (26.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (26.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 8 (26.67%) CISSP
3 8 (26.67%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (6.67%) CEH
5 1 (3.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (26.67%) QA
2 4 (13.33%) ISO/IEC 17799
2 4 (13.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (3.33%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 9 (30.00%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (10.00%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 12 (40.00%) Oracle
2 8 (26.67%) TIBCO
2 8 (26.67%) HP
3 6 (20.00%) SAP
4 5 (16.67%) McAfee
4 5 (16.67%) Sophos
5 4 (13.33%) JBoss
6 3 (10.00%) Sourcefire
6 3 (10.00%) IronPort
6 3 (10.00%) CheckPoint
7 1 (3.33%) Microsoft